Developing from scratch is a nightmare for IT unexperienced personals, It's not easy require experience to manage till the end product, and often very risky in matter of handling resources and financial aspects till reaching the end goal with usable solution. In Healthcare sector there are many attempts from business owners in healthcare private sector to build their own solutions which they assume it's difficult to find in the market, So they invest and at the end the ambitious project turns into a disaster.

The answer for that  as I see as a I witness many failed attempts to start from scratch is : Building on top of a usable community powered stable Solution. As Open source ERP solutions.

So what are ERP solutions?

ERP stands for " Enterprise Resource Planning ", which is a platform or solution aiming to handle and manage and automate all of the aspects of the major business processes as  HR, manufacturing, supply chain, services, procurement, finance and other processes. ERP is built to provide the tool to run all the current processes in one place as well as be able to extend with new features regarding to the business requirements. As a platform it focuses on modularity, integration with other solutions and services, and it's built to be extended with custom requirements.

Features of ERP. What are ERP solutions can provide for healthcare providers?

Most of the ERP solutions are aiming to handle the major common processes in most of the business cases. It's ideal for corporates, big and medium sized companies. But what are the features/ modules required in most cases of Healthcare services :

  • Inventory & Stock  Management
  • Human resources
  • Communications
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Orders.
  • Payments.
  • Reporting

Many of ERP solutions provides a communication layer/ module, logging features, Analytics tools. But All of those features are extendable through the ERP marketplace.

Benefits of building your solution on top of ERP

  • Security

  As a platform aiming to      manage and automate different processes in work, ERP solutions are built      on top security standards. Which provides safe environment for developer      to build their applications, extensions or modules on top of it.

  • Support

○ ERP solutions/ Platforms are often supported by powerful community of developers and advanced users, and that makes it easier to find developers nearby.

  • Modularity

It's built to be modular for fulfill the custom business requirements of the companies.

  • Upgrades.

Upgrades are very important benefit for developing solutions on top of ERP platforms, where core development teams are responsible for upgrades and modules/ and extensions developers are focusing on their product.

  • Integration.

Most of ERP solutions are built to integrate with many daily use solutions and application. There are many ERP modules built by developers to integrate ERP solution with other services and solutions.

Building Medical and Healthcare apps  over ERP platforms, give the developer to focus on the process and their usability of the their solution rather than worrying on the most basic development flow and user process, security, authentications, configurations and of course the data presentation. Good usable ERP platforms and solution which is focusing on usability are built to provide the developers with the tools to develop and use their applications and modules with ease.

Is there any Medical or Healthcare related Project Built on ERP platforms?

Yes, it has been done before. Several times in fact, SAP one of the most usable and trusted commercial ERP platform has been targeting healthcare   sector for several years. Odoo  which is a free Open source ERP solution has many medical and healthcare applications are available in the marketplace , The new emerging ERP : ERPNext  has a very simple yet powerful HIS/ EMR port " SmarteHIS " , we didn't have the chance to test it yet.  

Requirements for building on top of open source ERP solutions.

  • Stay close to the community.
  • Make a list of available      developers. In your area.
  • Find commercial support close  to you.

Top Open source ERP solutions.